RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation (DETR) is facing a class-action lawsuit, filed June 22, for not paying unemployment benefits to pandemic unemployment assistance (PUA) claimants in a timely manner. All PUA claimants in Nevada are automatically included in this lawsuit. The total to date paid on PUA claims has been $1.3 billion with and average amount of $5,117 to each claimant. DETR has paid out a total of $5.4 billion for all unemployment and CARES Act benefits. DETR has been plagued with issues and was the target of a lawsuit seeking to speed up Pandemic Unemployment Assistant (PUA) payments to claimants. Benefit payments under PUA are retroactive, for weeks of unemployment, partial employment, or inability to work due to COVID-19 reasons starting on or after January 27, 2020. The CARES Act specifies that PUA benefits cannot be paid for weeks of unemployment ending after December 31, 2020. Aug 20, 2020 · Judge says some PUA payments must resume by July 28 in Nevada DETR: 3,000 PUA claims will be paid starting next week, no fraud found He was referring to claimants who — in most cases — were already receiving payments but the payments stopped for various reasons.
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